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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Durance  \Dur"ance\,  n.  [OF.  durance  duration,  fr  L.  durans, 
  -antis,  p.  pr  durare  to  endure,  last  See  {Dure},  and  cf 
  {Durant}.] 
  1.  Continuance;  duration.  See  {Endurance}.  [Archaic] 
 
  Of  how  short  durance  was  this  new-made  state! 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Imprisonment;  restraint  of  the  person;  custody  by  a 
  jailer;  duress.  Shak.  ``Durance  vile.''  --Burns. 
 
  In  durance,  exile,  Bedlam  or  the  mint.  --Pope. 
 
  3. 
  a  A  stout  cloth  stuff,  formerly  made  in  imitation  of 
  buff  leather  and  used  for  garments;  a  sort  of  tammy  or 
  everlasting. 
 
  Where  didst  thou  buy  this  buff?  let  me  not  live 
  but  I  will  give  thee  a  good  suit  of  durance. 
  --J.  Webster. 
  b  In  modern  manufacture,  a  worsted  of  one  color  used  for 
  window  blinds  and  similar  purposes. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  durance 
  n  :  imprisonment  (especially  for  a  long  time) 




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